By Adam J.S. Holt, Contributor
HAMBURG — Weather ruined the end of the nightcap at Hamburg, postponing the finish of the Chanhassen-Dundas game, while Moorhead won a 3-2 walk-off game over Brooklyn Park to start Friday’s Class B second-round state tournament action.
The Chanhassen Red Birds led 3-0 over the Dundas Dukes after five innings in a game that featured three separate rain delays before it was called.
The Red Birds strung together three runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brandon Arnold hit an RBI double off the center-field wall for the first run of the game, and Zach Hoffmann and Shawn Riesgraf added RBI singles after to make it 3-0 Chanhassen.
Pat Wadzinski led off the top of the sixth with a walk before the third rain delay was called. After about 33 minutes, the decision was made to postpone the game due to continuing rain making the field unplayable.
There was a delay of about half an hour after the first inning, followed by a one-hour delay with one out in the bottom of the second. Much of the second delay was for the grounds crew to work on the field after the rain stopped.
The game is set to resume play at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday in Norwood.
Moorhead 3, Brooklyn Park 2 (10)
The Norsemen eked out a marathon extra-inning game in their state opener. The Brewers weren't about to let that happen again.
Mike Peschel hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Moorhead Brewers came back to top the Brooklyn Park Norsemen 3-2 in the second round of the Class B state tournament Friday.
Brooklyn Park played a 20-inning marathon Sunday, beating Elko 4-3, and played yet another extra-innings game in its second outing of the tournament.
This game, Peschel's homer went deep to right with one out in the bottom of the 10th to stop the extra-innings count at one. Peschel also had the first hit of the game for Moorhead, breaking up BP pitcher Justin Clark's no-hitter in the fourth inning.
Both teams threatened to end the game in the ninth, when it was a 2-2 game. Brooklyn Park loaded the bases with one out on three straight singles in the top of the frame against Kyle Kingsley. A diving snag on a grounder in the hole by Moorhead shortstop Jeremy Peschel likely saved a run on that third single, and two flyouts sent it to the bottom still tied. The Brewers got a runner to second with one out in the bottom, but a groundout and lineout sent it to extras.
Clark cruised through the early part of the game, with seven of his nine strikeouts in just the first three innings. AJ Lyons had an RBI single in the first and Sam Bozyk drove in another in the fourth as BP went up 2-0.
A one-out chopper by Chris Coste in the bottom of the sixth scored one run for Moorhead. The Brewers got another on what looked like it might be an inning-ending double play, but the umpire ruled the throw took the first baseman off the bag, allowing the tying run to come home on the play.
Kingsley got the win for Moorhead, pitching the final three innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk, striking out two. David Ernst started for the Brewers and went seven innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts.
Clark went 6 2/3 innings for Brooklyn Park, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts and three hit batters. Ben Christofferson finished the game and took the loss, allowing one run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
Moorhead awaits the winner of the Chanhassen-Dundas game, and will play at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Green Isle. Brooklyn Park moves to the loser’s bracket and plays the loser of Chanhassen and Dundas at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. in Norwood.
Photos by Adam J.S. Holt